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Tucson Tea Party, Others React to Arizona Shooting

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

Shortly after the news that Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was among the 20 that had been wounded or killed by a gunman in Arizona, the Tucson Tea Party began its research into whether the Jared Loughner had any ties to its group.

In addition, the National Rifle Association has issued a statement condemning the heinous attack. And the state of political discourse in Arizona is getting a closer look.

“I know our people and there’s nobody that would fit the profile that would do something like this, especially since we knew right away that many people had been shot,” Trent Humphries, the group’s co-founder, told Politico, which describes him as “a frequent critic of Giffords.”

Humphries also told the site that the group sends frequent e-mails about proper behavior and has security for events to be sure order is maintained.

“That reflects the effort that other conservative activists, operatives, thought-leaders and politicians made in the run-up to the November elections to eradicate the perception that the tea party was prone to violence, or awash in fringe elements likely to repel the independent voters who decide elections,” the story goes on to say.

The media is calling attention to Arizona’s gun laws. The homepage of the National Rifle Association has this statement:
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this senseless tragedy, including Representative Gabrielle Giffords and their families during this difficult time. We join the rest of the country in praying for the quick recovery of those injured.
During a press conference following the shooting, Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnick made a statement that has now been repeated in a number of places, saying that today’s political discourse is rife with “vitriol” and Arizona is “a mecca for prejudice and bigotry.”
Local radio stations have tackled the topic as well as the media on a national level. This morning, the White House and others in Washington D.C. stopped for a moment of silence.

Doctors spoke with the media this morning about Rep. Giffords’ condition.

[Image via the Washington Post.]
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